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The #1 Cause of Diabetes, According to Doctors

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“The current system for managing diabetes is broken,” says Dr. Osama Hamdy, medical director of the Obesity Clinical Program at Harvard-affiliated Joslin Diabetes Center. Here are the top five causes of diabetes, according to doctors. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.

Being Overweight

Being overweight or obese is strongly linked to type 2 diabetes, hence the new medical term “diabesity.” “Diabesity is a disease with enormous potential to cause ill effects on the body in the long run,” says endocrinologist Jay Waddadar, MD. “Some people don’t understand the importance of taking the steps to manage it because they’re feeling well at the time of diagnosis. But that’s a big mistake. Diabesity is a silent disease that damages your body if it’s not controlled, even while you feel fine.” Obesity can make diabetes significantly worse, Dr. Waddadar explains, thanks to excess fat in the liver not leaving space for glucose storage. “Your pancreas creates even more insulin trying to accomplish the job of moving glucose out of the blood. It’s trying to push against the resistance created by the fat. Your pancreas becomes overworked, and as a result, it wears out. It starts producing less insulin. Diabetes develops and then quickly worsens if the fat resistance remains.”

Sitting For Prolonged Periods

Sitting for prolonged periods in the day—even if you exercise—can lead to diabetes. One study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine showed that women were especially in danger of developing insulin resistance as a result of sitting too much. “This study provides important new evidence that higher levels of sitting time have a deleterious impact on insulin resistance and chronic low-grade inflammation in women but not men and that this effect is seen regardless of how much exercise is undertaken,” says Dr. Thomas Yates. “This suggests that women who meet the national recommendations of 30 minutes of exercise a day may still be compromising their health if they are seated for the rest of the day. It therefore suggests that enabling women to spend less time sitting may be an important factor in preventing chronic disease.”


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